By B.N. Frank
5G is so controversial that it’s recently been the topic of Dilbert comic strips. It’s also the subject of lawsuits for installation on land (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and in space. Opposition is worldwide due to a multitude of health, environmental (see 1, 2, 3), safety, and liability risks.
If 5G is installed near your home – it WILL reduce your property value. Cities AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). American opposition includes federal agencies and other experts who warn that it threatens national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2, 3).
Despite all of the above, the estimated millions of jobs that will be lost from it, and MORE – it’s still being installed mostly at taxpayers’ expense (see 1, 2) AND it’s not even living up to its promise of faster internet speed.
AT&T’s Current 5G is slower than 4G in Nearly Every City Tested
AT&T phones often get just 5MHz of 5G spectrum, slowing them down in speed tests.
- AT&T and T-Mobile 5G use the same low-band spectrum bands they use for 4G, ensuring wider coverage but without huge speed boosts.
- Verizon 5G’s ultra-high speed and sparse availability are because it uses the 28GHz spectrum band, which offers plenty of capacity but without the ability to cover long distances or penetrate walls and other obstacles.
AT&T’s 5G is Slower Than its 4G
AT&T smartphone users who see their network indicators switch from “4G” to “5G” shouldn’t necessarily expect that they’re about to get faster speeds. In PCMag’s annual mobile-network testing, released today,